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12. Related Party Transactions

12. Related Party Transactions
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2019
Related Party Transactions [Abstract]  
Related Party Transactions
12. Related Party Transactions


The Company has entered into various research, development, license and supply agreements with Serum Institute and Pharmsynthez (as well as SynBio, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pharmsynthez), each a related party whose relationship has not materially changed from that disclosed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the years ended December 31, 2018 filed with the SEC on March 29, 2019 as amended on April 30, 2019. In connection with the Offering, Serum Institute’s and Pharmsynthez’ ownership significantly changed. As of September 30, 2019, Serum Institute owned less than 1% and Pharmsynthez owned approximately 7.9% of the total outstanding common stock of the Company.


During the third quarter, the Company entered into a sponsored research agreement with Pharmsynthez related to experiments identified by the Company to support its efforts as it prepares for initial tech transfer of the XCART methods to a future academic collaborator. Under the agreement, the Company made a $350,000 payment to Pharmsynthez during the third quarter of 2019, which is refundable on pro rata basis if the project is terminated prematurely as a result of Pharmsynthez failing to perform the work. The Company expensed approximately $40,000 related to this agreement during the three months ended September 30, 2019. As of September 30, 2019, approximately $310,000 was recorded as an advanced payment and included in Prepaid expenses and other on the September 30, 2019 condensed consolidated balance sheet.


On July 19, 2019, the Company acquired the XCART technology platform from Hesperix and OPKO. Dr. Genkin is a director and significant shareholder of Hesperix. In addition, the Company agreed to repay an approximate $225,000 loan that Dr. Genkin entered into with Hesperix. Mr. Adam Logal, one of our directors, is Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer of OPKO Health, Inc., the parent company of OPKO.


Subsequent to quarter end, the Company entered into a loan agreement with Pharmsynthez (the “Pharmsynthez Loan”), pursuant to which the Company shall advance Pharmsynthez an aggregate principal amount of up to $500,000 to be used for the development of a specific product under the August 2011 Stock Subscription and Collaborative Development of Pharmaceutical Products Agreement between the Company and SynBio. The Pharmsynthez Loan has a term of 15-months and shall accrue interest at a rate of 10% per annum. The Pharmsynthez Loan is guaranteed by SynBio and AS Kevelt, which are the operating entities of Pharmsynthez, and is secured by all of the equity interests of the Company owned by Pharmsynthez and SynBio.